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Death Toll Continues to Climb Following Philippine Earthquake

The number of dead and injured continues to rise as reports arrive from communities across the central and southern Philippines.

The USGS reported that quake registered a magnitude 7.1 on the Richter Scale and was centered near the city of Catigbian on Bohol Island, home to over 1 million people.

The depth of the quake was about 20 km or between 12 and 13 miles deep. Shaking was felt across the the region, with the most violent shaking occurring on Bohol and Cebo Islands.

The death toll has climbed to 93 following the powerful earthquake, according to the Associated Press. That number is expected to rise as rescuers continue to struggle through darkness to reach people trapped beneath the rumbled of collapsed buildings.

One of the buildings hardest hit by the earthquake is a hospital where rescue efforts are ongoing.

The latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines indicated that in addition to the fatalities, more than 150 others have been injured. The majority of the deaths and injuries occurred on Bohol Island.

Many homes and buildings have collapsed across the region, including a church where several people have been confirmed dead, according to Reuters.

Many areas across Bohol and Cebo Islands are still without power. Transportation has also been impacted as roads became impassible due to cracking and landslides. Also at least four bridges have collapsed in the region.

Flights into the islands most impacted have been cancelled along with ferry service between the islands.

Rescue efforts will be affected by scattered showers and thunderstorms the next several days. Although no widespread heavy rainfall is expected, localized downpours can lead to episodes of flash flooding.

The earthquake occurred just days after Typhoon Nari killed at least 13 people across the Philippines.